Kalpana Chawla profile

Kalpana Chawla is a popular Indian-American astronaut and engineer who has made records. This is because she was the first Indian-American woman to go to space.

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Her first mission to space was way back in 1997. On that mission, she flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator.

Unfortunately, Chawla died on her second mission to space.

Kalpana Age

Kalpana Chawla was born on 17th March 1962. She was 40 years old when she passed on.

Kalpana Death

Kalpana Chawla died on her second mission to space on February 1 2003. This happened when the Space Shuttle Columbia was returning to the Earth’s surface.

The Shuttle suddenly disintegrated over Texas killing all the seven crew members including Kalpana. The incident was named the ‘Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster.

Kalpana Children

There is no record of Kalpana’s children. On the other hand, she had a lot of children visiting her painting with red roses to pray for her after her death. She must have touched many lives while she was on earth.

Kalpana parents and husband

Kalpana Chawla’s parents were originally from the Multan District of West Punjab(present-day Pakistan). Her parents then moved to Karnal in Haryana due to partition.

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Kalpana’s father, Banarasi Lal Chawla did some petty jobs to ensure the survival of his family.

Chawla was married to Jean-Pierre Harrison. She posed with him during the  final pre-launch activities leading to the liftoff.

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